Choose The Best Love Language For Father’s Day

How can you ensure that your Father’s Day efforts hit the mark? First, think about how the father figure in your life demonstrates his love for others. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, a marriage counselor and author of The 5 Love Languages, all of us have a primary way of expressing and interpreting love. They are: (1) words of affirmation, (2) … [Read more...]

Dads, are you guilty of Embarrassing Love? 

As I drove my 8-year-old daughter, Jessie, to school last Friday, I quizzed her on multiplication tables in preparation for the day’s math test. She answered accurately except for one problem: eight times four. I had her repeat it three times in the car to reinforce the answer. As we were walking into the school, one of Jessie’s friends came … [Read more...]

Voyage From Ethiopia: A Dad’s Perspective on International Adoption

International adoption is a frustrating, difficult and expensive process, and yet I’m here to recommend it. And for two very good reasons. My daughters. While international adoption made my family possible, I’m not blind to its challenges. It’s neither simple nor inexpensive; you’re dealing with two governments, multiple bureaucracies within … [Read more...]

Dates with Dad: 5 Ways to Connect with your Daughter

Daughters and dads have a unique relationship. There is that moment in the hospital when a dad first holds his daughter and his eyes and heart go soft with love and a promise to be there for her always. The toddler years are filled with chubby hands clasping onto Dad’s finger as she begins to take first steps, with playing in the park, airplane … [Read more...]

What Kind of Dad Are You?

As Father's Day approaches, the mailbox has been filling with magazines paying homage to dads.  I look at that stack of periodicals and I'm struck by the different spin they each put on fatherhood, based on the audience they're targeting. I realize that I know some of these different types of dads, and in the interest of finding out where you might … [Read more...]

Lazy Dadurday

“What do you guys want for breakfast?" I ask my three pajama-wearing kids flopped sleepily over two couches on a promising Saturday morning. "What is there?" the kids ask absent-mindedly. My children have faced the same breakfast choices since they were old enough to chew: frozen waffles, cereal and toast. No more and no less. It's their … [Read more...]

A Tribute to Fathers

Every Father's Day eve I'm confronted with that formidable question: what do I get my dear, seemingly unsentimental, utterly unmaterialistic and stoic father as a gift? A tie. But when was the last time he needed to dress up? Socks to replace his 25 torn and ragged pairs? Or how about a new vacuum cleaner? Those are too pricey. Something … [Read more...]